From Our Members' Desks (Dec. 22, 2015)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.

Best of Lists

2015 in Review: The Worst Films of the Year

Pat Mullen @ Cinemablographer

  • Excerpt: 2015’s worst offenders include ‘Jupiter Ascending’, ‘In Jackson Heights’, and ‘Mortdecai’!


Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

  • Excerpt: In praise of Peter Sarsgaard

Five Classic Christmas Moments

Kristen Lopez @ Journeys in Classic Film

Heaven Knows What

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

  • Excerpt: In praise of Arielle Holmes

Inside Out

Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

  • Excerpt: In praise of the “abstract thought” sequence

Reeling Reviews’ Tops for 2015

Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews


Kenji Fujishima @ The House Next Door

  • Excerpt: In praise of Brie Larson

Awards Coverage

Golden Globes: Shots Fired in the Very Serious Fight Against “Category Fraud”

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: This morning, a small battle was won in the single most inconsequential war in American culture.

Harvey Weinstein Is Dead Right: “Awards Season” Is Hurting Smart Films for Adults

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: As studios and distributors have become more gun-shy and brand-reliant, the previous, loosely defined calendar parameters (giant blockbusters in the summer, prestige pics from September to December, everything that doesn’t fall into those categories between January and April) have become firmer, to the detriment of both audiences and distributors.

Oscar Preview: Precursor Winners & Losers, Week 3

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Looking at the winners and losers from Precursor Week 3

Oscar Preview: Weekend of Dec. 11-13, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: Examining the Oscar chances for “In the Heart of the Sea,” “The Big Short” and “Boy and the World”


Benjamin Walker – In the Heart of the Sea

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Discovering Kristina: Mika Kaurismäki on The Girl King and a Swedish monarch who was ahead of her time

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Fabulous filmmaking: Colin Rothbart takes on drag in Dressed as a Girl

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

The girl who would be king: Malin Buska on walking in Greta Garbo’s shoes

Jennie Kermode @ Eye For Film

Ron Howard – In the Heart of the Sea

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Steve Martino – Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie

Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys

Festivals: General Coverage

TIFF 2015 Docs Report: A Tale of Underdogs and Masters

Pat Mullen @ POV Magazine

  • Excerpt: Doc highlights from this year’s Toronto International Film Festival include ‘Thru You Princess’, ‘Al Purdy Was Here’, ‘Sherpa’, ‘Being AP’ and more!

Festivals: Individual Reviews

The Demons

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Her Composition

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth


Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

The Sublet

Marina Antunes @ Quiet Earth

Te Prometo Anarquía

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Mexican Feature Film Review


The Librarians: And the Cost of Education

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Librarians: And the Hollow Men

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Librarians: And What Lies Beneath the Stones

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

The Ridiculous 6

Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema

  • Excerpt: What Sandler and his team have created here is not satire; it’s a badly structured series of unfunny episodic sketches that feel like they were written by a 12 year-old with ADD. As the Native American stereotypes, I wouldn’t worry so much about that because if you culled everyone who could find offense in this movie (whites, blacks, latinos, women) we’d be here all day – I guess you could call it an equal opportunity offender.

Very Semi-Serious

Sarah D Bunting @ Previously.TV


2015: The Year the Biopic Bubble Burst

Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire

  • Excerpt: The problem isn’t just that these movies aren’t making money; most of them also aren’t very good. So if most of them stink and no one’s seeing them, why are so many biopics still getting made?

Four Awesome Star Wars Works to Devour Before (or After) You See The Force Awakens

Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine

  • Excerpt: So what non-film Star Wars works of fiction are worth perusing? For starters, here are four top-shelf slices of the freshly canonical “new EU” to sink your teeth into.

Tuesdays With Oscar: 1956

Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan

  • Excerpt: I don’t think anyone was truly expecting Around the World in 80 Days to win (Best Picture). My theory as to how it won is simple: every person who had a cameo (in it) voted for it, and that would have assured it sweeping to the winner’s circle.

Reviews of Short Films


Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Animated Horror Short Film Review

Other Articles

Monday Memo: 2015 Winds Down, Best of Lists Stack Up

Jordan M. Smith @

The Morning After: Dec. 14, 2015

Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight

  • Excerpt: A short review of “Carol”

The Poppy-Fields Movie Couch Of Fame: Working Girl

Sarah D Bunting @ Tomato Nation

Star Wars FAQ with Mark Clark

Betty Jo Tucker @ Movie Addict Headquarters

  • Excerpt: In this podcast, A.J. Hakari and Betty Jo Tucker talk with Mark Clark about his Star Wars FAQ book.

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